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Oil City Confidential (15)

Oil City Confidential
Thursday 21 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

Director Julien Temple's film celebrates Canvey Island's Dr Feelgood, the Essex R 'n' B band that exploded out of the UK in the prog era of the early Seventies, delivering shows and albums that helped pave the way for pub rock and punk.

Temple examines Canvey Island culture as a 'Thames delta' for British rhythm and blues, with a central performance from the Feelgood's guitarist and songwriter Wilko Johnson. A British original, his dynamic stage presence and relationship with lead singer Lee Brilleaux drove the band through their early performances, characterising their three albums between 1975 and 1976, Down by the Jetty, Malpractice and the number one live album, Stupidity.

Wilko left the band in 1977, bassist John B Sparks and drummer The Big Figure both left in 1982, and Lee Brilleaux died in 1994. This is an imaginative, filmic and moving study of the place, times and characters that created the heyday of a seminal British band, and the personal forces that pulled them apart.

BBC Radio Suffolk's Stephen "Foz" Foster will be introducing the screening and hosting a Q&A after the screening with Dr Feelgood's manager, Chris Fenwick.

Marnie (15)

Friday 22 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

Opening our Tribute to Sean Connery is Alfred Hitchcock's sex thriller from 1964!

Mark Rutland (Sean Connery) is a customer of one Mr. Strutt, whose business was robbed by his secretary, the mysterious Marnie Edgar (Tippi Hedren). When Marnie applies for a job with Mark, with the intention of stealing from him, Mark (who is obsessively in love with her) blackmails her into marrying him. However, he soon discovers that she has severe psychological issues and resolves to help her come to terms with her past trauma.

The Hunt for Red October (PG)

The Hunt for Red October
Saturday 23 Jan 20213:00pm Book Now (Closed)

Based on the popular Tom Clancy novel, this suspenseful movie tracks Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius (Sean Connery) as he abandons his orders and heads for the east coast of the United States. Equipped with innovative stealth technology, Ramius' submarine, "Red October," is virtually invisible. However, when an American sub briefly detects the Russians' presence, CIA agent Jack Ryan (Alec Baldwin) sets out to determine Ramius' motives, fearing he may launch an attack on the U.S.

The Offence (15)

The Offence
Saturday 23 Jan 20216:30pm Book Now (Closed)

Build your own Double Feature with Sean Connery-starrers THE OFFENCE and THE ANDERSON TAPES. Tickets sold seperately.

Veteran police inspector, Sgt. Johnson (Sean Connery), has grown increasingly disturbed by his years on the force. After beating a suspect to death during an unauthorised interrogation, Johnson is detained and questioned himself. What follows is an exploration of rationalisation from an expert filmmaker, with Connery delivering one of the finest performances of his career.

The Anderson Tapes (15)

The Anderson Tapes
Saturday 23 Jan 20219:00pm Book Now (Closed)

Build your own Double Feature with Sean Connery-starrers THE OFFENCE and THE ANDERSON TAPES. Tickets sold seperately.

John "Duke" Anderson (Sean Connery) is a burglar recently released from prison who returns to his ex-girlfriend (Dyan Cannon) after 10 years to find her living in an expensive New York apartment building. Having learned nothing behind bars, Duke plots to rob every tenant in the building in a single grab, and works quickly to hire his team of thieves. What the gang doesn't realise is that the building is under heavy surveillance!

The Untouchables (15)

The Untouchables
Sunday 24 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

THE UNTOUCHABLES closes out our Tribute to Sean Connery and is showing here on 35mm.

After building an empire with bootleg alcohol, legendary crime boss Al Capone (Robert De Niro) rules Chicago with an iron fist. With his efforts to bring Capone to justice continuously thwarted by a corrupt police force, Prohibition agent Eliot Ness (Kevin Costner) recruits an elite group of lawmen who won't be swayed by bribes or fear. Sean Connery won his first and only Oscar for his performance as upstanding Irish-American cop Jimmy Malone.

Battleship Potemkin (PG)

Battleship Potemkin
Thursday 28 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

Showing as part of our partnership with The Criterion Collection, New Yok.

Sailors on the Potemkin revolt against their harsh conditions in Eisenstein’s masterpiece. Led by Vakulinchuk (Aleksandr Antonov), the sailors kill the officers of the ship to gain their freedom. When a squadron of ships is sent to overthrow the Potemkin, they side with the revolt and refuse to attack.

Walking the Streets of Moscow (12A)

Walking the Streets of Moscow
Friday 29 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

Before François Truffaut’s Stolen Kisses came this wonderful, flighty gem. Nominated for the Palme D’or at Cannes and shot by Vadim Yusov (known for his collaborations with Tarkovsky), Daniliya’s beloved Soviet comedy follows Volodya, an aspiring writer from Siberia who has been invited to Moscow to discuss his work. What follows from the film’s famous first exchange in Moscow’s airport is a lyrical masterpiece, an eternal image of Moscow from “one of Russia’s best urban directors.”

American Graffiti (12A)

American Graffiti
Saturday 30 Jan 20216:30pm Book Now (Closed)

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright.

Build your own Double eature with AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ANIMAL HOUSE.

On the last day of summer vacation in 1962, as high school friends Curt, Steve, Terry and John (Paul Le Mat) cruise the streets of small-town California, the mysterious disc jockey, Wolfman Jack, spins classic rock'n'roll tunes. It's the last night before their grown-up lives begin, and Steve's high-school sweetheart, a hot-to-trot blonde, a bratty adolescent and a disappearing angel in a Thunderbird provide all the excitement they can handle.

Animal House (15)

Animal House
Saturday 30 Jan 20219:00pm Book Now (Closed)

A special Double Feature curated by filmmaker, Edgar Wright.

Build your own Double eature with AMERICAN GRAFFITI and ANIMAL HOUSE.

When they arrive at college, socially inept freshmen Larry (Thomas Hulce) and Kent (Stephen Furst) attempt to pledge the snooty Omega Theta Pi House, but are summarily rejected. Lowering their standards, they try at the notoriously rowdy Delta Tau Chi House, and get in. The trouble is, the college dean (John Vernon) has it in for the Deltas... and a war is brewing!

The Other Lamb (18)

The Other Lamb
Sunday 31 Jan 20217:30pm Book Now (Closed)

A haunting and nightmarish tale that tells the story of Selah, a young girl born into a repressive cult known as the Flock. The members of the Flock – all women and female children– live in a rural compound, and are led by one man, known only as Shepherd.

Selah, a daughter who is on the cusp of teenage-hood, is given the great honour of participating in the sacred ritual of the birthing of the lambs – upon which they depend for survival – where she has a shocking and otherworldly experience. She begins to have strange visions that make her question her own reality, and everything the Shepherd has taught her and her sisters.

Alien (18)

Thursday 4 Feb 20217:30pm Book Now

Featuring a tense and extremely powerful score by Jerry Goldsmith, Ridley Scott’s ALIEN was a milestone in British-led cinema. Goldsmith’s score lives in infamy as the first of two collaborations with Scott in which the director replaced much of Goldsmith’s work (the second being 1985’s LEGEND). The resulting film is still nothing short of a masterpiece.

The time is the future. The crew aboard a massive, commercial space vehicle is en-route to earth with a load of extraterrestrial ore when they are sidetracked by mysterious signals from a nearby planet. The signals seem to be calls for help and when they arrive they find a ruined, smoldering spacecraft and within it egg-like living organisms…

Superman: The Movie (PG)

Superman: The Movie
Friday 5 Feb 20217:30pm Book Now

From the mysterious opening bars of the Krypton motif to the heroic statement of Superman's fanfare, John Williams' score for Richard Donner's SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE is an astonishing acheivement. A romantic, soaring symphony that makes you believe a man can fly.

Academy Award-winners Marlon Brando and Gene Hackman head an all-star cast in the fantastic, action-packed film that made Christopher Reeve an international star playing the greatest superhero of all time. From the doomed planet of Krypton, two parents launch a spaceship carrying their infant son to earth. Here he grows up to become Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for the Metropolis Daily Planet. But with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men, he battles for truth and justice as Superman.

The Omen (15)

The Omen
Saturday 6 Feb 20216:30pm Book Now

Jerry Goldsmith won his first and only Academy Award with his thrilling score to Richard Donner's horror masterpiece. His main title cue, Ave Satani, became synonymous with the genre and Goldsmith would go on to score the second and third films in the eventual trilogy.

Build your own Double Feature with JAWS and THE OMEN. Tickets sold seperatly.

Rome, Italy, June 6, 1966, 6:00 am. Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) is an American diplomat who hurries to a local hospital where his pregnant wife (Lee Remick) is going into labor. When he gets to the hospital, he is informed that his child was a stillbirth. And that's just the beginning...

Jaws (12A)

Saturday 6 Feb 20219:00pm Book Now

As the story goes, Steven Spielberg sat down at John Williams' piano expecting a Ralph Vaughan Williams symphony... and Williams played two notes, then played them again, and again, and again. Those two notes earned Williams his second Academy Award and a cinematic legend was born.

Build your own Double Feature with JAWS and THE OMEN. Tickets sold seperatly.

Steven Spielberg's 1975 thriller is based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel of the same name and tells the tale of a man-eating great white shark attacking beachgoers at a summer resort town. Defying the inept mayor and his cronies, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) sets out to hunt it down with the help of a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss) and a curmudgeonly shark hunter (Robert Shaw)

Planet of the Apes (1968) (U)

Planet of the Apes (1968)
Sunday 7 Feb 20217:30pm Book Now

Jerry Goldsmith began his association with director Franklin J. Schaffner with his score for PLANET OF THE APES, one of the most avant garde scores put to a Hollywood picture to this day. Goldsmith's music broke new ground for film scores and firmly established his reputation as a pioneer in the field.

Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowall star in this legendary science fiction masterpiece. Astronaut Taylor (Heston) crash lands on a distant planet ruled by apes who use a primitive race of humans for experimentation and sport. Soon Taylor finds himself among the hunted, his life in the hands of a benevolent chimpanzee scientist (McDowall).

The War Just Outside Ipswich (12A)

The War Just Outside Ipswich
Thursday 11 Feb 20217:30pm Book Now

The First World War may have been fought over one hundred years ago but in rural Suffolk at Akenham, just outside Ipswich, the battles and tedium of trench warfare are still being played out.

For nearly twenty years, a farm on the outskirts of Ipswich in Suffolk has been a Mecca for filmmakers wanting to recreate realistic war-scenes for their films, television dramas, documentaries, music videos and adverts.

Millions of cinemagoers and TV viewers around the world have watched First World War stories of death, destruction, stoicism and heartbreak unfold before their very eyes, in scenes that have been filmed here.

High profile productions such as DOWNTON ABBEY, JOURNEY'S END, PRIVATE PEACEFUL and the famous Sainsbury’s Christmas Truce television advert have filmed defining scenes at this custom built and atmospheric network of First World War trenches, along with other productions as diverse as Blue Peter and the Great British Bake Off.

Sufflolk based filmmaker, Tim Curtis (LIFE ON THE DEBEN, STANLEY'S WAR) has joined forces with Neil McGlone (from The Riverside in Woodbridge) to produce a “behind-the-scenes” documentary film about the trenches facility in Suffolk. The film talks to the location’s creators and owners, Taff Gillingham and Kevin Smith of Khaki Devil, about how the system came about and the filming that has taken place here over the last 17 years. Anecdotes of famous films, actors and war stories help give the viewer a unique glimpse of life behind the scenes.

The documentary's script has been written by another Suffolk resident, Jonathan Ruffle, the creator of the BBC Radio 4 drama series TOMMIES.

The film is being made to help support local cinemas in Suffolk during the pandemic and is being given to them free of charge.

COVID-19 has impacted the film industry and brought film production at the trenches almost to a halt, but it is hoped this valuable Suffolk filmmaking resource will survive.

The Terminator & T2 (15)

The Terminator & T2
Saturday 13 Feb 20216:30pm Book Now

A metal smashing double bill to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of James Cameron's Ternimator 2! One ticket for both films.

Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), whose son will one day become humanity's savior against the machines in a post-apocalyptic future.

Follow this up with T2, the explosive sequel (let's face it, the only Terminator sequel worth watching)!

There will be a short ten-minute interval between shows and we ask that you all remain seated during this time. If it's not COVID that gets you, it'll be the metal cyborb assassin.